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Sweet & Sour Turkey Meatballs Recipe

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Decorating with the winter fruit pomegranate is an old holiday tradition, but few people know what to do with them afterward. Here is a great potluck or buffet recipe for Christmas parties that's seasonal, easy, and delicious. —Christine Wendland, Browns Mills, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 60 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 thick-sliced peppered bacon strips
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 jar (18 ounces) apricot preserves
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) taco sauce
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball: 67 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 113mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Pulse bacon, covered, in a food processor until finely chopped. Combine egg, bread crumbs, cilantro, salt and pepper. Crumble turkey and bacon over egg mixture; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place in two ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake until no longer pink, 8-10 minutes.
  3. In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine preserves, tomatoes, taco sauce and juice. Stir in meatballs. Cook, covered, on high until a thermometer inserted into several meatballs reads 165°, about 2-3 hours. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Sweet & Sour Turkey Meatballs in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p22


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